A man was injured and hospitalized after a boating accident on Thursday afternoon in Baton Rouge. In other news, the Baton Rouge police department has charged a 25 year old woman with negligent homicide in the accidental drowning of her son before Christmas.
A man is injured at East Fork while boating
According to officials of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF), Abram Barbay and Harry Beard Jr, operating individual skiffs powered by Go Devil, were involved in a boating accident at East Fork in Iberville Parish. The former had to be rushed to a Baton Rouge hospital following the accident. While Beard was heading southwards, Barbay, along with his passenger were traveling north along the same bend in the East Fork Canal.
Official say the collision occurred when both were caught traveling along the middle of the canal. Barbay swerved to port to avoid some fallen garbage while Beard on the blind side of the bend failed to see the oncoming vessel. The crash caused the bow of Beards vessel to go over Barbay’s causing a three inch gash on his head above the right ear and making him momentarily unconscious. Beard was unharmed during the collision.
The LDWF officials have clarified that they had followed safety regulations by wearing PFD’s and kill lanyards at the time of collision. There was no alcohol or drug usage reported. According to some Baton Rouge accident attorneys, this is not a common occurrence and only investigations can reveal who is at fault and if there was any faulty equipment.
They were lucky they did not end up in the water because that is where alligators and water moccasins live. Well, it is the winter so that have helped.
Woman accused for negligent homicide in her sons accidental drowning
A 25 year old woman whose son missing from their home a week before Christmas, was charged with negligent homicide after he was found dead in a hole near their home on Robertson Avenue. Brittini Clark was arrested and taken into custody by the city’s PD says Cpl. Don Coppola.
The body of four-year-old Jassiah Clark was found in a water-filled hole less than 25 feet from his door step. East Baton rouge Coroner Dr. Beau Clark ruled Jassiah’s death an accidental drowning. It was reported that the hole was an old city-parish dry well near a pump station filled with dirt and water where the boy’s body was found.
First reported missing on Saturday, 21st December, it is not quite clear as to the time that he went missing. There are reports of the four-year-old being last seen around 12:30 pm. while others say that he was last seen in the area around 5:30 pm.
Aunt blames city for nephew’s death
The aunt of the four years old, Jassiah, Lesley Reed, blamed the city of Baton Rouge for the demise of her nephew. In an interview on the night the body was found, she alleged that the accident occurred due to the negligence of the city. Several Baton Rouge accident attorneys share the same opinion. She points out that the authorities are aware that kids are in the area and should take measures to cordon off the area of the water filled hole where Jassiah met his watery grave.
But why did she not do that? This water hole was right near where she lived. She knows where a Home Depot is at; she could have hired someone to do this.
Investigations lead to mother being charged
During investigations, detectives found that the child used to play outside along with his 9-year-old brother and 11-year-old neighbor without any supervision. According to family members, Brittini and her sister’s boyfriend were the only ones at home when Jassiah went missing. However, this statement from the family members proved to be a cover up just to protect Brittini.
On interrogation, the boy’s mother admitted that she had allowed Jassiah to play outside and that she and her boyfriend were at home watching a movie. She also said she was aware it was turning dark around 5:30pm. They failed to check on the boy even once while watching a movie until 8pm, which was when Brittini’s sister came home and questioned Jassiah’s whereabouts. What movie is more crucial than your child?